Old Leghumper - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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very good

383 Reviews
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Reviews: 383
Hads: 847
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 22
Gots: 94 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Brent on 11-08-2001

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Photo of thecheapies
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried to pour it rigorously, but I only managed a quarter-inch of light beige head. Red hues in a translucent dark brown body. 3.5

Well, I wouldn't call this 'robust' just yet. Barely a nose on this thing. Mildly grainy with a hint of medicinal notes and cocoa. 2.5

Metallic in taste. Chocolate is there with some bland coffee notes. Semi-roasted husky grains push through some bitter bite. The hops, however, are medicinal and a bit off. This might be an old bottle. Attenuated and off-kilter. The malts are decent, and I wish they were amplified a bit. 3.5

Not particularly smooth. Carbonation is just fine, but the body is a little weak. 3.5

I've had much better experiences with this beer, so I'm rating it a little higher than this experience. Still nothing special. 3.5 (779 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice looking dark brown that turns opaque when fully poured. A powering and ivory two finger head maintains and laces where it leaves. Great looking beer.

S: Roasted malt, some chocolate scent. Maybe some sweet caramel.

T: Roasted malt, chocolate, some sweet and dark fruit.

M: Medium bodied with great coating and pleasant aftertaste. I think the aftertaste is more telling of the beer than the actual sip. (456 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Catching up. Notes are recent and thorough.

Old Leghumper is a very dark brown that verges on black, as a lot of the American variations of porters are veering these days along with a big increase in strength over traditional porters. A tight, creamy tan head crowns it, sitting just under a finger tall but with excellent retention and some nice, patchy lacing.
It's big on roasted malts with a bit of a coffee effect to it and some cocoa nib. A little bit of doughy sweetness is evident in the aroma and comes out a bit less in the flavor. Smoke is a natural element here, just a little on the charred side but not excessively so.
I tried this along with two other American Porters on the same night, and all had a similarly roasty, charred sort of profile to them. One was Sumuttynose Robust Porter, possibly my favorite porter to date (certainly at the top). What sets it apart is a bit more strength where it counts, depth, and a bit more complexity overall. While Old Leghumper is very good, it's short of that upper echelon.
Pretty rich and robust, the feel is another way in which the Americanization of the porter includes making it bigger. It's nice and smooth initially, with a bit of a bite at the beginning. Dryness kicks in not long from the beginning. (1,269 characters)

Photo of McNealc31
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice black pour accented with a creamy beige head. The aroma promises deep, roasted goodness. And not just roasted, but a bit of char here. Loads of coffee, even a hint of marshmallow. Some bittersweet chocolate, as expected, but the toasted malt and coffee dominate. It's nice that a beer branded as a robust porter is more aggressive than other porters.

Overall, familiar porter flavors, just a bit more kick. A lot to like here. (437 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Thirsty Dog's Old Leghumper a couple weeks ago for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I have been pretty impressed with this brewery so I thought I would give their Porter a try, let see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label and the name of this beer, it's got a nice sense of humor to it. It poured a very dark brown color that was very close to being black and it had some slightly ruby red edges when held to the light. It had two fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. This is a pretty proper looking Porter.

S- The aroma is pretty simple and straightforward, it starts off with loads of dark roasted malts that have a high amount of medium sweetness to them and impart some nice roasted aromas along with some grains, dark chocolate and a slight bit of coffee. I didn't pick up any hops in the aroma. This was a nice smelling American Porter that had a heavy chocolate aroma that I liked.

T- The taste follows the nose nicely, but the flavors seem a little lighter then the aroma. It starts off with loads of roasted dark malts that have a high amount of medium sweetness and imparted some nice bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors that made for a sweet and robust Porter. I thought this beer had a nice roasty and robust taste and would have been perfect if the sweetness was toned down a little.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had high amount of medium carbonation that was a little prickly. The body could be thicker and the carbonation could be toned down and not as prickly.

Overall I thought that this was a slightly above average American Porter that drank well on this cold and snowy night in Michigan. This was a pretty straightforward American Porter that was all about the roasted malts. This beer had Ok drinkability, this one went down smooth but I think after one the sweetness would start to get to me. What I liked most about this beer was the robust and chocolaty aroma and taste, it had just enough roast for the style and the added chocolate flavor was nice and made this beer stick out a little. What I liked least about this beer was the mouthfeel and the high amount of sweetness, the body and carbonation need some work and the sweetness got to be a little much once this beer warmed up. I wouldn't turn this beer down but I don't think I would buy it again, for the same price I can get Founders Porter and it is just as robust but not as sweet with a much better body. This is worth of a shot if your really like the style but I just don't thin it's a top tier American Porter. I was glad I gave this beer a try and it was pretty solid but there were more then a couple things that kept this from being a great American Porter, another solid example from Thirsty Dog, good job guys, I will be searching out more of your beers. (2,985 characters)

Photo of Crundy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with Ruby hues, light mocha head, minimal lacing

S: Very simplistic, mostly roasted malt with a hint of bitter chocolate

T: Very malt forward, dark roasted malt and coffee bitterness, hint of bitter chocolate, a burnt wood flavor as well

M: smooth creamy, a bit dry, medium full bodied, a somewhat bittersweet finish

O: pretty good beer, a good amount of sweetness and bitterness but definitely more bitter than sweet but I appreciate the woody characteristic and the other subtle flavors. (502 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was in Cleveland for a youth hockey tournament and was able to try Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog. The beer poured a clear dark amber with a thin slight off white head that laced nicely. Roast malt, peaty earth comprise of the scent. Taste is roast malt and mocha, just a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is a medium body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent porter. (372 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark red body, almost opaque. Good tan head. Head retention great, nice lacing and rings down the glass.

Smell: Subtle dark malt scents. No noticeable hop aroma.

Taste: Roasted, slightly burnt malts. Burnt toast. Hints of chocolate and cocoa. Hop bitterness is fairly subdued.

Mouthfeel: A shade below medium body, good carbonation. Goes down silky smooth.

Overall: A little on the weak tasting side for my personal preferences in porters and stouts, but the classic porter malts and aroma, combined with respectable ABV, makes this a porter worth checking out. (577 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Initial one inch head that disappears into a thick ring. Very deep brown color with mahogany hues. Not a bad looking porter.

Well i guess (from the smell obviously), that they're aiming for here. milk chocolate smoothness, with a hint of butteriness and roasted malts. Kind of smells like a decent English Brown Ale.

Taste is very dry, with only diacetyl accenting. Very dry, almost a nut dry. The dryness is almost akin to a overly roasted strong coffee that sits in a cup for an hour. That coffee isnt really that known. Either I got a bad bottle, or I remember this one poorly.

Leaves a roasted flavor in your mouth after the dryness disappear. More coffee late in the aftertaste, thank god. Its the savior of the beer. (726 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. Almost no light penetration once the beer was in the glass.
One finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Excellent lacing though.
Aroma is a mild yet alluring mixture of chocolate; milk chocolate, cocoa nibs and malt chocolate balls and hints of bready yeast.
Taste is sweet upfront, with the sweetness getting stronger till the finish. The finish has a tinge of bitterness which totally drowns the sweetness that was evident upfront. This a very well balanced porter.
Medium bodied porter that is easy to drink with a nice mouthfeel.
A very good porter, definitely worth a try if you like porters.
Mind you, this is not a robust porter, but definitely very tasty.
A porter that is perfect for my palate and has everything I enjoy in a porter. (817 characters)

Photo of BBP
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bit light and thin for a porter, but is still black as a whole. Head is minimal and so is lacing, but retention isn't bad.

The main aromas I pick up are dark malts and caramel malt. It's got a hint of chocolate as well.

The taste is pretty nice. It's done tastefully and has a good chocolate taste, but I wish it was a bit stronger. The drinkability looks to be more or less the focus of this rather than assaulting your taste-buds. There's some hopping to this and it provides a nice balance. It doesn't provide much more though, and it lets the malts really get the spotlight while giving them a good foundation.

The mouthfeel is thin, but heavy. Carbonation seems to be low key in this and that's quite to my liking. The finish is moderately dry.

Overall, this is a solid offering, but I wish it had a touch more intensity. As it gets warmer it gets a bit richer and the aftertaste starts to shine, however it still seems a bit light initially. I'm sure others would like it more than I. It's a great brew, but a little bit away from my tastes. (1,063 characters)

Photo of troysoy2
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review. And what better way than to start with some porters?

Poured into a pint glass, the color is not quite black, with hints of rust color-red when held up to the light. A decent quarter inch light tan head dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.

Smells of caramel and malt, reminiscent somehow of some German beers I've had in the past. The hops don't really seem to come through in the smell. It smells delicious, but seems a bit two-dimensional. Maybe lacking some complexity.

Now onto the taste... The taste offers a little bit more complexity than the smell, and I was pleasantly surprised by a good balance between a bit of a bitter bite, and a smooth, chocolatey malt flavor. The alcohol is nicely disguised in the taste, and comes out just a bit on the aftertaste. Definitely not bad!

There's a good bit of carbonation, which helps bring out the bitterness in the taste. At the same time, it's got a nice smooth texture which nicely compliments the malt.

Overall, I'm happy with Old Leghumper. The smell could be a little more interesting to match the taste, but this is a very drinkable beer, and I would probably be interested in getting ahold of some more down the road. However, I won't be rushing out to buy a case of it any time soon. There are just too many other beers yet to try! (1,316 characters)

Photo of Bonis
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown in color, not quite as dark as I recall on tap. Two inches of off-white head slowly fade to leave a little bit of lace.

S - Lots of sweet roasted malts. A touch of chocolate and coffee, but a whole lot of sweet caramel malts. These mix with the roast and make for a pleasant smelling porter.

T - Again, lots of sweet roasted malts along with some mild roasted barley and chocolate/coffee flavors. Bitterness appears for a short time leading to a quite dry finish. Not much alcohol, nicely masked for the 6.7 mark.

M - Medium body with quite a bit of prickly carbonation. Not bad.

O - A nice porter overall. This wasn't nearly as bold and flavorful as I remember it being on tap at their brewery, but it's solid nonetheless. I would recommend it to any fan of porters and dark beers. (801 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black body with a negligible head that disappears in an instant. Totally non- lacing. Scent is of french roast coffee/ burnt chocolate. Taste is bit bitter and overperked coffee, this kind of reminds me of Russian Imperial Stout in many respects. (263 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was robust for sure. It poured a really crappy head that was gone instantly. The beer was a pretty black rich color though. The beer smelled like burnt chocolate. The beer was fruity and had a burnt wine taste to it. I liked the beer well enough to try it again. (321 characters)

Photo of deg
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black. Chocolate head. The foam was weak. I could smell some roasty notes, maybe a little malt and hops. The taste was a good and strong coffee like taste with chocolate. I thought the beer was quite drinkable. I don't think I would have trouble drinking several of these at one sitting. (306 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque brown colour with creamy tan head. Some rings of lacing around the glass. Smells of nice roasted malt with some bitter coffee. Flavour is a nice full roast, fairly sweet. Mouthfeel was a little bit thin, but a very nice porter overall. (255 characters)

Photo of backfat
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this from my bud natedog. I believe it's from 2007. Not properly stored.

pours a blackish, watery brown. one finger chocolate head that dissipates to a watery and slick film. no lacing to be seen.

The smell is mostly roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Too cold at first and I was getting a burnt coffee bean and rusty smell. A bit of earthy must and plum. some more milky chocolate came out as it warmed.

taste is light, but inoffensive. watery roast, some sweet coffee, and maybe some vanilla.

A bit over carbonated for a porter IMO. It's a bit slippery on the tongue as well. so like watery and overcarbonated somehow, haha. a meh beer for me. (653 characters)

Photo of Gobigvt7
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

a - dark brown, not black. light barely penetrates, a very very deep amber brown. thick head of creamy sandy head, cake-like and stubborn. heavy lacing.

s - smells of sweet malts, more like a brown than a porter.

t - mmm, a very roasty deep malt character, not burnt or coffee-like. again, more like a dark brown than a porter. I'm really digging it. Very moderate bitterness, the perfect balance to the inherent malt sweetness.

m - full-flavored and full-bodied. feels weighty, but not overly so. Hearty and robust (hence the subtitle on the bottle).

o - a pleasant surprise, dark enough, and plenty flavorful enough for the style. a nice change of pace from many of the other burnt porter offerings out there. (751 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a large over two finger foamy tan head with long retention that fades slowy into a half a finger head with heavy lacing.

Aroma of burnt coffee, dark roasted malt and smoke.

Taste follows the nose with a strong bitter old dark coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate and a very slight hint of molasses.

Mouth Feel was medium body, very dry with a bitter after taste.

Overall this was not a well balanced porter, very dry, very dry with a strong bitterness. A little more sweetness would have balanced this beer very nicely. (552 characters)

Photo of Kleez
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good dark porter. One of my favorites, but not the best. Has a good taste bit of a bitter bight on the end of it. depends what your into when looking at American porters, but its not a real heavy thick beer in my experience. But it has a distinct taste (252 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Sharp, roasted malt, touch of caramel sweetness, some hoppiness, but faint overall.

L: Very dark brown, cappucino colored head, creamy that dissipates slightly. Good lacing.

T: Dry, roasty malt with a touch of coffee sweetness. Medium, slightly spicy bitterness leading to a dry, slightly charred roastiness.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation, slightly creamy body.

Roasty and quite dry, bitterness keeps everything in check. Simple, but balanced robust porter, enjoyed it. (486 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. There is a nice half inch light tan head atop an amber black body. There is good head retention and slightly sticky lacing.

The aroma has nice toffee and coffee. It is slightly sweet with a bit of molasses.

The taste is full of bitter coffee and roast flavors. The finish is crisp and dry, leaving a slightly sweet aftertaste of toffee.

This is light to medium in body, with good lively carbonation.

A solid offering that is sure to please coffee fans. (482 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night with a rich tan colored head that reached a height of at least two inches before settling down to a respectable inch of head that did not go away. Lots of chocolate and coffee leading the way here. Hints of molasses as well. Huge flavor here, maybe the best tasting porter I have come across. Lots of cocoa and chocolate, rich, huge flavor with a smooth creaminess that was second to none in my eyes. Really fantastic balance here as the chocolate really starts to come out as it warms. Lots of flavor here with a ton of mellow notes that were just all over the place (582 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great name. Why can I not give bonus points for the name?

Pours deep brown with some mahagony tinge. Smell is predominatly roasted chocolate, kind of smoky. Similar tastes prevail on the palate. Good, but I would have liked a more pronounced flavor and maybe a bit more malt. Slightly on the thin side for the style.

Good beer, recommended, although I do feel I've had better porters. (387 characters)

Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.